Bull Terrier Breeders, Breed Clubs and Rescue
The Bull Terrier is a thoroughly British breed, developed from crosses of the Bulldog and the now extinct White English Terrier for the purpose of badger baiting and ratting. Bull baiting was made illegal in 1835, but the other two unappealing sports continued and the Bulldog was found to be too slow to be effective, so the Bull Terrier was created, combining speed, tenacity, aggression and strength.
Once these sports were banned dog fanciers looked at improving the quality of the basic breed type. It was James Hinks, a Birmingham dog dealer who selected for the unique egg-shaped, down-faced head; it is likely that both Dalmatians and Pointers were used to give some quality to the breed, and he was shown in his present form in 1862. The first Breed Club was formed in 1887. Remarkably, Mr Hinks son James continued to breed The Bull Terrier after his father’s death, as did his son Carleton until his death in 1977.
There is nothing specified in the Bull Terrier Breed Standard to specify height and weight, but rather “There are neither weight nor height limits, but there should be the impression of maximum substance for size of dog consistent with quality and sex”.
Although he is often thought of as being a white dog, sometimes with an eye-patch, he is also bred in a range of other colours, including brindle, red, fawn and tricolour; blue and liver are highly undesirable.
Strong, muscular and intelligent the Bull Terrier has an equable temperament although has a tendency to be obstinate. He is good with people, and should be reasonable with other dogs as long as he is brought up with a firm and kind hand. Expect him to be misunderstood by those not familiar with the breed; for the right person he is a real character who makes a splendid companion.
Rescue and Rehoming
If you need to rehome your own dog, first contact the breeder to see what support she can offer. If that doesn’t resolve your problem then contact a designated Rescue organisation (if one exists) or a Breed Club.